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>> this is bbc world news america. reportg from washington, i'm laura trevelyan. shmocrats descend on new hae after the chaos of iowa. tonight the candidates will debate who is now best positioned to take on president trump. a witnes in t trump impeachment tria is removed from his role at the white house. hours earlier, president trump said he wasn't happy with litenant colonel alexander vindman. the deathf a doctor who was silenced for warning about the andnavirus sparks anger plus, ahead of this sunday's cars, we sit down with the first-time nominees to find out how they're coping with the spotlight. ♪[music] for all of you watching on pbs and around the globe, welcomed o woews america. in just a few hours from now, the democrats jostling to be the one to take on president trump will debate in new hampshire.
the state's primary is on tuesday, coming after a delayed and confused results from iowa. all eyes now aren pete buttigieg and senator bernie sanders, who came out ahead in iowa and they'red nothing the new hampshire polls too. for more on what we can expect from tonight's debate, let's go to the granite state. what's the buzz about tonight? >> well, it's whether o gloves are gonna come off tonight because we now have, as you just said, two clear front-runners, pete buttigieg and bernie sanders. they're both still scwabbing about who actually wone iowa. ey going to go at it, head to head tonight? it's possible. joe biden hasn't been doing at all well. he's down at fourth place at the moment. he's got to break through or he risks losing the ability to raise more money. then again, it'sctho islly going to come on the stage, because it's likely that one of thospeople we see tonight will at some point have to go head to they're going to have to be
pretty hard about that. earlier, i spoke to a few ytudents from point loma nazarene universn san diego, california.t- firstime voters. i asked them what they were looking for. >> i just want tohe see being genuine charismatic people. i want to form a connection with them. >> do you think any of them can beat trump? >> i'm not sure right now and that scares me. i'm still kind of undecided and looking for a candidate. i'm torn between somebody i want vs. this whole electability thing that i've been feeling this tensiet. >> for i really want to see some emotion and some heart. and just somebody that can yeuny the party in i'm looking for somebody to really stand outgh to i feel like across the board it's been pretty even and even has had a littleit of a fair shot but now i think we know the bp few candidates. it needs t narrowed down by who actually stands out.
>> who they really are is who i think i'm going to end up voting for. i'm still undecided. tonight will help me at least have an inclination of who i'm voting for. >> and jane, what arehe biden campaign saying about what he's got to do tonight after that disappointing result in iowa? reporter: well, he's got to rform well. because as i said, he is lying fourth at the moment. but whatps makes new hre such an interesting primary is the volatility, because there are a lot of independent vote.s out th and a lot of undecideds. i think it's something around 40% of voters still have not made up their minds going to vote for on tuesday. which is a big number. they can change their minds and they can decide at any given minute. sohis could all depend on people getting inside that ballot box and making a silast-minute decion. we don't know about it. the campaigns haven't canvassed for. all the candidates have anlowful
to play for and what happens on that stage cld goong way to propelling them towards the polls they're looking for on tuesday. >> and jane, just how crucial is the momentum coming out of this debate and out of new hampshire on tuesday, as you look made to the -- look ahead to the rest of the primaries ahead porter: well, the debate is always a tricky one. it's always a matterebfe, pardon the pun, whether or not actually anybody is watching, backlashlbacklash -- particulara friday night. certainly for people in new hampshire, who take these things very seriously -- they consider themselves to be the candidates.tters of all these they've all met them in some way, shape or form. then theomentum is very important. it gives a campaign the wind and the sails. and also, itives donors confidence that the candidate they're backin financially actually has a chance of winning in november. very important.r but don't forget, mike bloomberg, who isn't campaigning
here, or in iowa,e and won't b on the stage tonight, he's theady got $34 million in kitty that he's spending in california. so he's already looking well ahead and doesn't think he needs the momentum from these states. so that's a bit of an anomaly. but there you have it.ke loomberg thinks he can go it alone. >> thanks so much. back here in washington, lieutenant colonel alexander vindman, he was escorted out of the white house on friday. vindman hadecome a target for president trump and his allies after testifying during the impeachment hearings in november. the ukraine expert w listening in to that infamous july phone call between trump and ukrai's ader and said he was concerned by what he heard. the pentagon says vindman will not return to the department of the army forssignment. fo more, let's bring iny. g is this retribution by the president? just this morning, the president was saying he wasn't happy with lieutenant colonel alexander vindman.
is this theayck that white house aides were threatening? reporter: looks like it, doesn't it?ol seems thatel vindman was due to stay in his post until the summer of this year, when he was due to head back to the army staff college. but he has been, as his lawyer puts it, escorted white house. and the president said this morning, you know, am ito suppod e hpy with him? but that will be dealt with by someone else later o he clearly knew this was going to happen. and, of course, stephanie grisham, his press secretary yesterday, said hd been treated horribly, maybe people should pay a price.nd that s like a threat. >> well, senator susan collins said today, gary, there should not be retribution against witnesses. but now the president has bacn itted in the impeachment trial, there's not much anyone can do about it, is there? reporter: no. of course, he has absolute power to hire and fire who he likes.
that's what theresident can do. he talked also, didn't he, in that prayerreak the other day, about retribution in this context as well. so vindman me not the y rst -- may be the first but he t be the last to suffer this fate. some of them who give evidence -- who gave evidence have already left the white house. but it's worth pointing out, vindman didn't go volunrily. he was subpoenaed by congress to give evidence. didn't speak to anyone else apart from that appearance int fr the committee. so he didn't do press interviews or anything like that. and effectively, his lawyer is ctying that this is the president exag revenge on someone who did their duty. g y, quickly, who else could be in the firing line potentially? officials, aren't there, particularly inside the white house, who gave evidence. we know aboutome of those -- i mean, people like gordon sondlandho potentially, changed his story.
the ambassador to the e.u. volcker is already gone. he w the enjoy. there are others in the state departmentl as w the president might not take kindly too. some of those who gave evidence about phone calls in which the presidt made it clear that he seemed to be asking foron confirmahat these investigations were gonna continue. so there are a whole range of people that will be wondering about their futures this evening, i'm sure. >> gary, thank you. in other news,.she saw another month of strong jobs growth in january. employees added 2,000 positions last month, while wages rose 3.1% year on year. construction firms helped to drive the gains as milder weather allow for more building. the united nations says nearly 600,000 people have fled the fighting in northwest syria since december. the u.n. estimates that nearly 300,000 may be forced to flee in
the coming weeks. the syrian government forces backed by russia continue to seize ground from the rebels. rkey is calling russia to withdraw its support for the offensive. and the highest temperatures in antarctic since readings ain. research station located at the very tip of the peninsula recorded a temperature of 18.3 celsius. the peninsula is one of the fastest warming places on ear. mperatures there have risen three degrees over the past half century. the death of a chinese doctor who trd to warn about the coronavirus outbreak has sparked public anger and grief in china. li wenliang died after contracting the virus while tr patients in wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. in december, he was silenced by the pole after sharing concerns about the virus with fellow doctors. our china corspondent reports. [yelling]: report some cities, those suspected of being sick are
being rounded up. with multiple unverified videos, showing the quarantine quads at work. it's all adding to a growing sensef disbelief and dread. [speaking foreign language] >> i bon't want toe taken away like that, a child can be heard saying. [screaming] reporter: but now the fear is turning to anger. dr. li wenliang was one of the first to report signs of theew strange virus. but his online posts were censored aic the p made him sign this confession, along with seven others, for spreading rumors. his deathrom the virus in this wuhan hospital hasn prompted a outpouring on social media. the hashtag #i want freedom of speech, viewed almost two efmillion timese being
blocked. [speaking foreign language] >> dr. li was the firsttl whblower, but no one cared, this man tells me. >> are you angry >> yes, a bit, says. but more hopeless. if they'd listened to him, theul situation be better now. reporter: on a beijing river bank, we find a tribute to the doctor.i goodbye, wenliang, it says. there can be no doubting just how sensitive a moment this now isor china's ruling communist party. the already simmeringoncern about the mishandling of the dicrisis exp into public wave of anger and grief. in the death of a doctor, the systemic failings haven b laid bare. the response, though, is likely to be more censorship. these videos of's wuh hospitals, the conditions inside
and the peopleor cueing masks were taken by a blogger. i oke to him earlier this week. >> what's your thoughts about how long you will be able to continue providing independentom reporting fruhan? >> i'm not sure, he says. the censorship is so strict, people's accounts are being closed down if they share my content. his family say he's now disappeared. in this public health disaster, ere are real polical risks. and the orders are already being sent out. maintain stability, tighten nntrol. bbcs, beijing. >> you're watching bbc world news america. still to come on tonight's program, helping fight the homeless crisis in america. the story of one couple who moved i with a millionaire and what happened next. ♪[music]
>> thiseekend, nasa and the european space agency will launch a mission aimed at giving us ar understanding of the sun. special measures have been taken to make sure the craft can withstand the hea as rebecca reports. reporter: incredible images of the sun, its turbulent surfa revealed in fiery detail. but the view of our star is t abou get much better. this is solar orbiter. it will take images from closer to the sun than any spacecraft before.>> obviously it gets extremely hot and we hadel to d special technologies and coatings for the spacecraft, just because the environment is going to be s hostile. one of the coatings we had to develop is based onng u baked animal bones. and that's at the front of the shield to stopt from getting too hot.
difficult journey. long and after leaving the earth, it wilt take aboutwo years to get into prime position. orbiting closer than t planet mercury to the sun. passes behind our star, it will lose contact for weeks. if anything goest wrong,uld be burnt to a crisp. gradually, though, the spacecft will lift its position, letting us see the sun's poles for the very first time. >> what i love is that you can the side here.stic lofted up into the atmosphere of the sun. we call that a prominence. reporterat the royal astronomical society, records reveal dramatic activity which can impact us. it's called space weather and can knock outio navig and communication satellites and cause power failures. >> in the same ways we have terrestrial weather in the ather in the atmosphee have
of the sun in which we live. we are excited about getting up close and personal witht he sun so tha can understand the origins of the space. ♪[music] >> california iwn as the golden state. full of sunshine, glamour and opportunity. there's no ignoring the homeless crisis there. in is the city of oakland, 4,000 people sleep on the street every night. one wealthy businessman tried to lp, opening his doors to a couple who spent 10 years speaking rough here's what happened next. ♪[music] nedwe never dreamed or ima wou be living in piedmont, california. >> piedmont, california. >> here's greg andiv marie, lg 10 years on the street. and they found a way to loveth each under the harshest circumstances on the face of that's what captured my attention immediately.
>> a man a with big heart brought a homeless couple into his $4 million home. >> there was never an intention to ever have greg andarie livi in my house become available for public consumption. >> you're living in aich white man's house, in a rich white neighborhood. how my times have youeard that happening? because it haun -- it doesn't h. >> the road to hell is paved >> they said we would go to the devil. >> i knew what was going to happen. >> some kind of strange folks t hanging arou house. >> the police were going to be called. i'm not gonna abandon you., no no, we won't. ♪[music] >> can we stop on this? >> yes. ♪[music] >> i know less today than i did nine or 10 months ago when i
started on this journey. >> well, terrence mcgrath opene me to greg and marie after reading about their plight in the san francisco chronle. otis taylor is the journalist who wrote that story. i spoke to him about how it's all working out. >> thanks for being with us. so are greg and marie now able to settle into life i terrence's home after initially feeling unwelcome in that neighborhood? >> they're not settled in aome quite yet. they're comfortable living there. but they're unsettled in the fact that the feeling of flight, of feeling utable, of feeng not secure in a place still exists. that's honed from living on the streets for about 10 yrs. >> and terrence, who ope doors to greg and marie, says that he has learned a lot through this process. what doou think has been most challenging for him?
>> most challenging for him is that as a businessman, as a s homeowner, aeone who also grew up poor, there's this expectation that we have for people to pull themselves up by the bootstraps, b what he has learned, and what i have learned in this process, is that not everyone is capable or has the capacity physically or mentally what everyone expects of them. that's to hold down a job and to house themselves what he has learned is that this problem, this issue of homelessness in the b area is much more complicated and it don't end or it's not solved by just housing. we need moreerces after housing people to deal with the trauma that people have endured living on the streets for stretches of time. >> and f greg and marie, ty say this is a transition. but how hard do you think it will be for t to move out and into tir own home? >> ok. welle. that's key her
why i follod this storyas i wanted to see what would happen after year livingent-free. would they be able to house themselves? the answer is n they do not have enough money to house themselv the bay area prices are icastronly high. they just don't make enough. and they're both on federal ncsupplementale. and combined, they have about $924 coming in her month. you can't even put down a deposit for a place like that. what i found very interestings about t is that terrence is going to house them. he's going to continue. he is committed toping them housed, even if he has to subsidize it himself. when and if he sells his home. >> so what lesson have you learned about the wideromess crisis in california from this act of human kindness? that gregally feel
d marie's story speaks to the homelessness problem and that we as citizens, communities, governments, have not really understood the full impact o what happens when you haveng erm homelessness. and i feel that it's -- it has to be understood now that we have to d t moren just house people. and we're already slow on housing peop. i'm saying that it's gonna take much, mh more than housing people to solve this problem. >> otis taylor, jr., thank you so much for being with us. >> thank you very much. >> and if you want to see the entire story about when a homeless couple moved in with a millionaire, you can find it o our website. just go to web bbc.com/news. now,he academy awards onsu
ay. sophie long sat down with the oscar nominees to see how >> it's this weekend, hollywood's biggest night the year. and the buzz is building. but imagine what i feels like to learn that you're going to be one of the people to walk or ide up this red carpet on sunday, especially if it's for the very first time. >> it really was unexpected. i was in a kind of laughing, crying state. and i hadn't expecte to fee quite so emotional about it. i'm a bit of a cynic about it all. >> the whole thing was crazy. i'm on a plane. i can't go anywhere. she tells everybody else. it's just madness. they brought a little plate of fruits, saying congratulations. they wrote a note. special.ally >> i've been grinning ear to ear since last sunday when they called me and let me know that we'd been nominated.
it's ang. >> i'm just a child. at hea i love this experience. s it bri you know, i've never lost that feeling that, oh, my gosh, i'm sitting next to leonardo dicaprio or my gosh, there's al pacino, you know. >> i'm grinningse he's grinning. [laughter] >> but no. it's just as exciting as the rst time, although the first time is pretty amazing. ♪[music] >> there's a magic to it. there's -- it meanso much. and it's something that, you know, it's like an event at's -- it's like the world cup or something. >> and it's not just the recognition of one's peers, the awd, the honor. it's the company you get to keep. >> it would be amazing to meet robert de niro or to meet al pacino. these are people that i grew up with, as well as any of today's -- you know, margot robbie would be lovely to meet. >> quentin tarantino is a great director. i'd loveo meet him. and brad pitt. i wouldn't mind peating him -- meeting him. i don't think he's going to want to mee me. >> i look forward to seeing people i haven't seen in a
while. it's really nice. it's a celebration of film. i don't look at i any oth way. >> brad pitt, he's like a proper film star. >> this is the green room where stars will come before going on stage to reveal the winners and present the awards. winners might come if they need to take a moment. but how do they prepare? i mean, the have written speeches? rehearsing your oscar acceptance speech with or without tears is what normal people do when they're bored, right? >> i did actually wri something. i've never done it since. ple iknow there are p have to say thank you to. it's not a long list, because you always want to keep those things short. ng.t's the t >> i already told melf there's no chance that i'll win, so- that'so whatever happens will be a bonus. a my heart's already beating little faster now that i might have to get up on that stage. >> i kind of thi it's better just to be spontaneous and just
feel the moment and hopefully you don't forget people. >> i don't think that -- like i have to get up there. if i do have to get up there, i just want to s from the heart. that tends to be what i've been doing the last few, yea just speaking from the heart. >> whatever they say, however they say it, anyone who away from here with a gold statue will have their pick of the afterparties. oscaopens a lot of doors. sophie long, bbc news, hollywood. >> big night on sunday. will any of them be winners? on all the day's news at ourmore website. to see what we're working o anytime, do make sure to check us out on twitter. thank you for watching bbc world news america. have a great weekend! narrator: funding for this presentation is made possible by... babbel, an online program designed by language specialists
"outbreak." after e doctor who first raised the alarm about coronavirus dies from the infection, concerns grow anew over freedom of information in china. then: >> the russians tried out thingn kraine that we know they then used on us. >> woodruff: "speaking out." tting down with the former leading u.s. diplomatic envoy to ukraine, and witness in thehm impet inquiry, william taylor. and, it's friday.ds mark shiel and david brooks are here to analyze the acquittal of president trump, the botched iowa caucuses, and arthe next democratic primy contest, just a few days away.